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Venus in Furs (1969)
"Paroxismus" (original title)

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A musician finds the corpse of a beautiful woman on the beach. The woman returns from the dead to take revenge on the group of wealthy sadists responsible for her death.

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(as Jess Franco)
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Jimmy Logan
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Rita
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Wanda Reed
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Ahmed Kortobawi
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Percival Kapp
Margaret Lee ...
Olga
Adolfo Lastretti ...
Insp. Kaplan (as Aldo Lastretti)
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In Istanbul, a jazz trumpeter pulls the murdered body of a young woman from the surf. He remembers her from the night before, when he saw her at a millionaire playboy's party and then later watched as she was assaulted by the party's host and two of his friends. In confusion, Jimmy, the musician, leaves for Rio where he finds the sympathetic ear of Rita, a singer who invites him to live with her and helps him recover his equilibrium and his musical ability. Then, into the room walks a woman who looks like Wanda, the murder victim. Jimmy pursues her, not caring if she's alive or dead. What's going on? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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jazz | beach | musician | trumpet | band | See more »

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The coat that covered paradise, uncovered hell! See more »

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Fantasy | Thriller

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19 August 1969 (Italy)  »

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The film was originally inspired to director Jess Franco by a conversation with jazz artist Chet Baker. Franco at first conceived the film as a bi-racial love story, but the distributors felt the idea wouldn't wash with audiences of the time so the story was re-written as a surreal thriller. See more »

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Jimmy Logan: How can you run from a dead person unless you're dead yourself?
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Featured in Jesús in Furs (2005) See more »

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A Cult Classic Waiting To be Rediscovered
12 July 2005 | by (Lexington, KY) – See all my reviews

Jess Franco's direction, as well as the story, acting, cinematography and music are all first rate. This was one of the first major films to depict lesbian love scenes and inter-racial love scenes. The title VENUS IN FURS refers to the main character - a lesbian with a fur fetish who digs getting it on in a group setting while fondling the statue of Venus Di Milo. (Now how much would you pay?) From a camp perspective, she is the X rated equivalent of a BATMAN villain. The pans and zooms were appropriate in keeping with the jazz theme and score. This movie reminds me a lot of BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS in look, production design and over all style with it's absolutely beautiful use of color. It would make a great double bill with BTVOTD. How this movie was overshadowed by that one is beyond me. It should be viewed in it's original widescreen format, too. Sure, it's dated, but it's also a refreshing blast from the past!


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